I was walking along yesterday, high in the Sandias, when I came to a spot where I’d once seen a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell. I was just thinking that I’d love to see another when one landed on the wildflowers right in front of me! I think it’s a beautiful butterfly.
It’s really and truly summer in the Sandia mountains now, and osha is making a rather spectacular appearance this year. I love the way the color of the ladybug — almost in the center of the flower cluster — ties into the color of the paintbrush in the background (the yellow is mountain parsley). And of course all the green is lovely to see. It’s quite lush above 10,000 feet right now.
The claret cup cactuses bloomed in profusion this spring. This particular plant was hidden under a low bush. I had never noticed it until one morning when I saw a flash of bright red — the sun was hitting the blossoms just right at that very moment. I got down on my hands and knees and managed to stick my lens through a small opening in the bush to nab a few shots.
Bladderpod growing in a tiny bit of dirt on a rock. I’m always amazed to see wildflowers growing in the tiniest crevices where one wouldn’t expect to see any life at all, ever.
Easter was early this year and spring came a bit late, so neither coincided with the other. The pasqueflowers made up for that unfortunate circumstance by being extra plentiful.